Reed continues to yap…and Baltimore is starting to get mad

July 19, 2012 | Drew Forrester

Reed continues to yap…and Baltimore is starting to get mad

Ed Reed is on the verge of doing something that no other star athlete in Baltimore has ever been able to accomplish.

Quick — name the last bonafide star that Baltimore loved who eventually did something so wrong or mean-spirited (while still in Baltimore) that the sports community here turned on him.  And Mike Mussina doesn’t count, because his move to New York took him out of Baltimore.  I’m talking about a player who did something so wrong while here that everyone in town said, “Eff him…I’m finished with that guy.”

Right.  I can’t think of one either.

Well, Ed Reed…you’re on the verge of making history here.

More and more these days, I’m hearing and reading people lash out at the future Hall of Famer as he continues his whiny half-tirade about getting more money and a new contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL season.  It’s rare for Baltimore sports fans to get spiteful.  We’re not New York or Boston, where they turn on their players if they strike out twice in a game or fumble a ball on the 5 yard line in the 4th quarter.

We’re soft here.  That’s the truth.  We’re soft.  But Reed’s antics are starting to wear on Baltimore sports fans.  And they’re aggravating the Ravens’ brass, too.

I’ll say it.  It’s evidently the pink elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge, but I’ll go ahead and put it on the table for discussion.  Ed Reed is trying to take advantage of the Terrell Suggs injury to milk more money and another deal out of his employer.

I call that bad form.

Honestly — it’s downright bush league what Reed is doing.

Anyone with a brain knows the Ravens defense is going to have to make some major adjustments in Suggs’s absence.  That pressure will fall on the likes of Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, Jameel McClain and Lardarius Webb.  It will also fall on Reed, which is precisely why he’s campaigning for more money and a new deal at age 34.

Taking advantage – or trying to, anyway – of a team’s weakness in light of a significant player injury is just wrong.  What if EVERY defensive player in Baltimore did the same thing today?  Sure, that’s a big “what if?”, but…what if?  What if Ray Lewis walked in to Ozzie Newsome today and said “I want a new deal and more money.”  What if Terrence Cody did that?  What if Jimmy Smith or Paul Kruger did it?

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  1. PghSteve Says:

    Not a Ravens fan, but I certainly agree. I remember when Franco Harris was in a similar situation in Pittsburgh. At the time, there was probably no more beloved athlete in Western PA, but he decided he was underpaid and would not report to camp. The Steelers faithful were divided between “Give him more money,” and “He should honor the contract he has.” Of course, Mr. Harris never played for the Steelers again after being traded to Seattle before the season started. And it took Mr. Harris a few years to win back the affection of the fans. As some sportswriter back then wrote, the name on the front of the jersey is a lot more important than the name on the back.

    Mr. Reed could own this town if he quit the whining, said he is focused solely on getting him and his team a Super Bowl victory, and come in and play like he is capable of playing. One of the best safeties to play the game should take a lesson from one of the best linebackers to play the game (Ray Lewis, of course).

  2. The "Armchair QB" Says:

    I’ve learned to take these things in stride over the years. Ed Reed gets paid to play football and, as long as he performs on the field, his “posturing” off the field is just fodder for the media and fans. He’s not the first athlete to express dissatisfaction with his contract nor will he be the last. It’s a matter better left for him and management to work out. All his public “posturing” indicates is a lack of understanding of public relations. Much ado about nothing, frankly……..

  3. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Ed Reed is Greedy,Greedy,Greedy. Mason played these same cards and look what happened to him, Ozzie called his bluff…Gone. No matter how great a player he is, I think the Ravens have drawn the line in the sand and Reed is so close to stepping over it, that they might just call his hand, wise up Ed Reed.

  4. Jason Manelli Says:

    The Ravens faithful are soft Drew, if soft means we love guys like Ed Reed who are warriors for our franchise. I think Ed and his agent have decided that no matter what happens in the off-season, all will be forgiven by the purple fan base so long as #20 is in uniform and on the field when the whistle blows for Monday Night Football on 9/10/12. As you point out though, we are fast approaching the time in the season when the off season ends and what happens outside the lines begins to effect what happens inside the lines. I think Ed is going to do the right thing, call the negotiations a draw, and report to training camp like he had done for the past decade. he deserves some benfeit of the doubt by us to get his best possible deal because no matetr what you say, he has earned it between the lines. Roll back the film from the Hosuton playoff win if you want a reminder of how much of a difference maker Ed is, 6 solo tackles and a crucial pick.

  5. Scott Says:

    Jason- Reed has no agent….and he got his best possible deal five years ago.

  6. unitastoberry Says:

    If it’s true Ed Reed has no agent then kudos to him and he’s alot smarter than I thought. I will be at his HOF induction on a WNST bus trip if the good Lord keeps me around.

  7. BmoreBobRob Says:

    I am starting to get as pissed at Reed as I was at Nestor when he yanked You Pon.

  8. Tim Says:

    @BmoreBobRob, it’s getting old, find a new line. Just like Ed Reed being “disrespected” by his team. Play for your $7,000,000 this year, and move on. Or is it $7,200,000?

  9. eric Says:

    Sorry but in a league where Reed can get cut tomorrow and not see a dime of that 7 mil I have no problem with what he’s doing. He won’t succeed and he’ll be out there Opening Day and this will all be forgotten. But Ed is smart enough to know that with a new deal his chances of getting cut are Zero.

  10. Timezones Says:

    The thing with Ed is that he’s given the impression that he’s been playing with a lot of pain the last few seasons, but he keeps pushing himself to do “just one more” in hopes of winning a championship. That’s why all this fuss over a new contract confuses the hell out of me. So every year you wanna hang it up, but will yourself to come and play just a little bit longer….. yet now you’re mad at the team for now offering you a new long term deal??? Talk about mixed signals.

  11. Dave Says:

    I love Ed Reed and my #20 jersey but it seems especially clear lately by his actions that a player who acts as his own agent has a fool for a client. Just because you’re one of the smartest students of the game who has an uncanny way of anticipating where a ball is going to be thrown doesn’t mean you know how to negotiate worth a damn. I’d suggest you get Ray Rice to hook you up with his agent. They manned up, shut up and got paid up because they were smart and they played the game very well. You may want to study some film on that, Ed…

  12. eric Says:

    Can’t compare Reed with Rice. Rice is in his prime and was looking at his 1st big contract. Reed is just about done and is looking for one more payday and protection against getting cut. I can’t fault him for that in a cut throat league. It won’t work but I don’t see the harm in him trying this.

  13. The "Armchair QB" Says:

    And, he was at the facility working out yesterday, so as I posted yesterday, just Ed Reed being…..Ed Reed! Much ado about nothing…..

  14. jpetrosino Says:

    This is what I beleive to be the root cause of Reed’s demand for more money that the media is missing totally:

    When Webb, a 1-yr starter who plays in the secondary with Reed, signed his big contract for $10M/yr, I would think that offended Reed who has played and started for the Ravens for the past 10 years who is now making way less then Webb. Wouldn’t you be insulted if you where in Reed’s shoes??

    Why isn’t anyone in the media picking up on this as the motivation behind Reed’s dissatisfaction? Makes sense to me, so push those buttons!

  15. Bruce Says:

    jpetrosino,

    I understand your point, but those are two different positions. Similar, but different. Corners are supposed to get paid more than safeties. Nothing against Reed, as he’s the best at his position, but CBs play a much more important role on the team, and Webb certainly has age on his side. To compare the two positions in salaries would be equivalent to comparing a fullback’s salary to a halfback’s. Both carry the ball, but the halfback is far more important to the team, and thus, better paid.

  16. Bruce Says:

    Interesting to note also is the fact that Eric Berry, arguably the best safety in the NFL right now, is making about $2.8 million/year more than Reed. Berry is only 23 years old, and coupled with his talent, SHOULD be the highest paid. At age 34 years old, and one injury away from being done, no way Reed will get, or deserves, Berry’s money.

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